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Full Metal Jacket

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Stanley Kubrick

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About the Movie

"Full Metal Jacket" joins "The Deer Hunter," "Apocalypse Now" and "Platoon" on the frontline of powerful films about the Vietnam War. Cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick ("A Clockwork Orange," "The Shining"), awarded Best Director by the London Film Critics Circle, traces a young Marine's (Matthew Modine, "Pacific Heights," "And the Band Played On") odyssey from dehumanizing boot camp to the bloody terror of the Tet Offensive. Co-starring Vincent D'Onofrio ("The Player"), Arliss Howard ("Tequila Sunrise"), Adam Baldwin ("Serenity"), Dorian Harewood ("Pacific Heights") and adding true grit to the Marines' basic training, a powerhouse performance by real-life former drill instructor R. Lee Ermey (the "Toy Story" movies). Adapted from Gustav Hasford's story "The Short Timers" by Hasford, Michael Herr and Kubrick.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 75
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: No one who sees Full Metal Jacket will easily put the film's last glimpse of D'Onofrio, or a great many other things about Kubrick's latest and most sobering vision, out of mind. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Aug 24, 2014

Fresh: Kubrick's harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric new film about Vietnam, is going to puzzle, anger and (I hope) fascinate audiences as much as any film he has made to date. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Aug 24, 2014

Fresh: Full Metal Jacket is not a realistic film -- it is horror-comic superrealism, from a God's-eye view -- but it should fully engage the ordinary movie grunt. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An intense, schematic, superbly made Vietnam War drama. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 21, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Another Stanley Kubrick MASTERPIECE!

Full Metal Jacket is a film that looks at war in a while different view and more with a personal sense. He shows the pressures of training to kill someone and how it can alter one's mind and then Kubrick shows the true horror of the War in Vietnam and how terrifying it was. i recommend this film to EVERY Kubrick fan and anyone thats interested in one of the most well-done and beautifully depicted war films of all time. 5 stars!


My all-time favorite war movie. D'Onofrio's performance is haunting, Ermey's dialogue is as hilarious as it is vulgar, and the showdown in Hue is nothing short of brilliant. I'm glad to see Kubrick's greatest works being added to iTunes. And with the buying option given to us right off the bat, a lot of fan's will be greatly pleased. 5/5

My favorite Vietnam War movie

I first saw this movie as a teenager a year after it came out in theaters. Saw it with a friend, and we were totally blown away the moment we saw that disturbing bootcamp scene. Twenty years later, it still is my favorite Vietnam War film, and yet I couldn't believe they shot all scenes in England. Definitely another Kubrick masterpiece.

Full Metal Jacket
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1987

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